Quotes and Reflections from “Spiritual Direction” by Thomas Merton

Spiritual direction is a practice that recently has received a great deal of publicity about the Catholic laity.  While it was once something primarily connected with the religious life, it has since become something embraced by the Catholic world at … Continue reading

“Taken, Blessed, Broken, and Given”: Further Reflections of Henri Nouwen’s “Life of the Beloved”

I spent last week reflecting on some of my favorite quotes from my latest spiritual reading book, Henri Nouwen’s “Life of the Beloved,” and I’d like to continue along the same lines with this next post.  In my last post, … Continue reading

“I Am His Beloved, and He Is Mine”: Reflections on Henri Nouwen’s “Life of the Beloved”

“I am His Beloved, and He is mine” (Song of Songs 6:3).  It’s quite possibly my favorite passage in all of Scripture.  There is just something about being called ‘Beloved’ that speaks to the heart, especially to that of a … Continue reading

Evangelization, Catechesis, and the Family

A few weeks back, I posted a blog about catechesis throughout the Church’s history, which posed the question of why religious education programs have largely failed our children over the past few decades.  The answer, as it was posited at … Continue reading

Catechesis and the Development of the Church

I recently had the great joy of attending a three-day orientation as part of my new job.  It was overwhelming in many ways, but it was also extremely thought-provoking.  One of the most poignant pieces had to do with catechesis … Continue reading